You can't go wrong with a VPI product. They strongly support their products and have an excellent upgrade path. They are made in New Jersey, and are always there for guidance should you need it.
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I agree, VPI is the best value. However, made in New Jersey? No way. The parts and most of the assembly is done elsewhere. Also, it is my understanding that some of the components are now coming from China. I believe that Harry will be escaping the high New Jersey tax environment soon, none of which will make a difference in the product.
I loved my Clearaudio Performance, and then tried several other tables, including VPI Aries and Scoutmaster, didn't like either.
Something made me buy the VPI Classic though, I guess I was swayed by all of the great reviews, and it is the best table I have ever owned regardless of price. It's $300 over your budget, but I don't use an isolation platform, speed controller (sold it) or anything else to make it sound great. Very little tweaking. I do have a preriphery ring, but I think everyone should have one.
Well, I have heard others say the same thing about the VPI classic and is tempting. I did get an offer today from a guy that will sell me a Clearaudio Champion Limited with unify Carbon arm and MM Aurum cartridge with Dust cover and Clamp for $1650 shipped, 50 hours on it. I think that is pretty good?